April 20, 2020
by: John Crowder, Publisher, Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer
I grew up in a small village in the middle of Alaska. In those days, hunting and fishing were the primary ways that our family, and most others that we knew, obtained the meat and fish that made up a large part of our diets. Dinner was ground moose, roast moose, or baked or fried salmon. Essentially, we were meat and potatoes people.
So, it was a big deal for me when, as a young cadet visiting Portugal on a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, I was offered octopus soup. Well, I tried it…and I liked it. That was the moment when a whole new culinary world opened up for me. Since then, I’ve traveled around the world and have been fortunate enough to try foods from many countries and cultures.
Last week I added another country’s food to my list of favorites, thanks to Nidia’s Creations. Nidia Palmer was born and raised in Argentina, where she became a trained chef and baker. Fortunately for us, she moved to America, became a U.S. citizen, and began her business providing baked goods and foods from Argentina from her kitchen in Chubbuck.
In order to get the word out to her customers that she is currently offering free delivery locally, Nidia has become a sponsor of the Pocatello Chubbuck Observer, and we are thrilled with the partnership! One of the benefits is the chance to try her spectacular dishes!
Last week we tried two of her specialties, an inverted peach cake, and Argentine empanadas. Both were fantastic…there were no leftovers!
Empanadas originated in the Iberian peninsula and arrived in what is now Argentina centuries ago. They can be found throughout the country, with each region having their own unique style. They consist, typically, of a flour-based dough filled with meat and other ingredients. Nidia’s contained ground beef, boiled egg pieces, olives, bell pepper, onion, and other spices. What a treat! Nidia’s empanadas are quite large…one dozen fed five of us.
For desert, we had Nidia’s inverted peach cake. This is a delicious, spongy, cake, topped with homemade whipped cream, cherries, and peach slices. It provided the perfect sweet ending to our savory empanada meal.
If you’re anything like me, always looking for a food adventure, you must try Nidia’s Creations. From the empanadas and other Argentine treats to her unbelievably beautiful themed cakes, you’ll be thrilled with her tasty treats.
You can reach Nidia on either of her Facebook pages, Nidia Palmer (https://www.facebook.com/nidia.palmer) or Nidia’s Creations (https://www.facebook.com/pg/NidiasCreations/about/?ref=page_internal), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (208) 226-4352.